Gogglebox is back to entertain us. Here’s a look at all the behind-the-scenes secrets, including how the show is filmed, if they’re watching live TV, and how much families are paid for their time
Times are tough and we all need a laugh right now. Channel 4’s hit show Gogglebox is back on our screens in time to entertain us with hilarious reviews of the nation’s TV offerings.
The show, which has been a smash hit since its first series in 2013, features families watching TV and giving their reactions and comments.
While the concept seems simple enough, the production of the show is about much more than putting people in front of the TV and filming their reactions.
Here are some burning questions, fun facts, and behind-the-scenes secrets about the popular show taking over our Friday nights.
How is Gogglebox filmed?
Gogglebox is filmed using two remote controlled cameras placed in the stars’ homes. One camera is set up for the long shot, while another is for close-ups, usually pointing towards the sofas where families sit down to watch television.
Nobody is ever in the room with the families. The crew usually takes over a different room in each house from where they control the cameras.
Producer Tania Alexander told Vice, “We’re building a mini gallery that’s set up in a kitchen or a bedroom. There’s a small team on location – a producer, a cameraman, an audio engineer and a logger – and these four people are in every room that’s available for the entire shoot. It’s like a mini TV studio.”
The producer also revealed that some of the stars even had to change the way their living rooms were set up in order to film the show.
When do the Gogglebox stars film and how long do they film?
Gogglebox plays the film for the show the same week the episode comes out. Channel 4 starts filming on Friday and will film each house for a few days while evaluating the footage.
Processing takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Wednesday evenings. On Thursday the voiceover will be added and the final cut sent to Channel 4.
Stars typically shoot for the show between their own work or study schedules, filming about eight to 12 hours a week, split over two days, usually evenings and weekends.
Do the Gogglebox stars watch TV shows live?
Gogglebox stars sometimes watch their show live, which can easily be played to them later. Sometimes the performers preview the shows as well.
According to the producers, they’re trying to record a live show, some news, an entertainment show, and a documentary or two.
Tania explained to Vice, “We film about five or six things a night, so something that’s an hour long will probably be cut down to about 25 minutes.”
Are the Gogglebox families getting paid?
The Gogglebox families will receive a “family allowance” of £1,500 to be split between them, according to The Sun. But how much the stars will be paid for has not been confirmed by Channel 4.
They also apparently get free takeaways to keep them going during filming.
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